THE Wall Street Journal claims it has the inside leg measurement of the forthcoming Google phone.

It is reporting that Google plans a series of announcements over the next two weeks about Google mobile-phone software.

Apparently the "Gphone" will bundle together most Google applications, including search, maps, Youtube, instant-messaging, on a mobile platform.

It does not seem that the Google is interested in making a hardware phone. Instead it wants to give away a free operating system that will run on several different models of mobile.

The WSJ cites unnamed sources as saying Google has been talking to Taiwan's HTC and South Korea's LG Electronics about making phones.

The Linux-based OS would be "open" to third-party developers, meaning that anyone could create applications for it.

The Google phone would have few restrictions, and would support GPS tracking, Wi-Fi, high-speed "3G" cellular networking and a still and video camera.

T-Mobile has also been given the nod in the US to be the phone's wireless operator of choice.

The Gphone name, which may not be used, is a mickey-take of Apple's Iphone. Of course if Google really wanted to take the Michael out of Jobs Mob they should call it the Gsus Phone.
Google is to release its own mobile platform next year in a bid to drastically shake up the cell-phone industry and provide mobile users with a host of new applications, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The paper on Tuesday said that Google planned to make a formal announcement of its plans in about two weeks.

The report said that Google was in talks with cell-phone maker HTC of Taiwan and LG of South Korea to manufacture the phone, which would be tailored to Google software. Google is also seeking partnerships with wireless operators like Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA, France Telecom's Orange SA and Hutchison Whampoa's 3 in Britain.

The Google ogibe would make Google applications and services as easily accessible on mobile phones as PCs, so that the company can extend its advertising business to the more than three billion users of cell phones and other wireless devices.

Worldwide, mobile ad spending is expected to reach $1.5 billion this year and grow to $11.3 billion by 2011, according to market researcher Informa Telecoms & Media.

Until now, Google has pursued various strategies to tap this market, adapting Google websites for mobile browsers as well as preloading Google software in handsets like Apple's iPhone.

hmm, parang nangangati na mga kamay ng taga google at gusto nilang makipagsabayan sa cellphone industry screenshots as of now